No. 28 Rollins (11-11) vs. No. 5 Valdosta State (15-5)
WHEN | WHERE:
Saturday, April 29, 2017 – 1:00 p.m. – Miami Shores, Fla.
The No. 28 Tars will head to the campus of Barry University for the NCAA South Region II Tournament as the sixth seed. Rollins enters NCAA play on the back of a fourth place showing in the Sunshine State Conference Tournament. Seeded fourth in SSC postseason play, the Tars defeated Florida Southern in the first round, but fell to eventual champions Barry in the second round before dropping the third place game to No. 3 Saint Leo. The Tars opponenet in the first round will be No. 5, third-seeded, Valdosta State out of the Gulf South Conference.
TRACKING THE TARS:
The Tars have combined to register a 67-59 mark in singles play on the season. Cody Gubin has performed well, earning a 14-5 overall record, going 13-4 in the sixth position, and 5-2 in SSC play. Freshman Sami Kirberg has compiled an 11-5 mark in his first season at Rollins, excelling against conference competition, where he has tallied a 5-1 mark. Patrick Sell has seen most of the top position action for Rollins, where he has earned a 7-10 overall mark. Six of Sells losses have come against nationally ranked foes. The Neuenbuerg, Germany native broke into the most recent south region singles rankings, coming in at No. 20.
Rollins has compiled a 31-35 record in doubles play on the season. The duo of Sell and Kirberg have seen much of the first position play. The team have earned a 7-7 record, going 5-2 against SSC foes, and entered the most recent south region doubles rankings at No. 9. The pair of Ziad Melhaoui and Francesco Racanelli went 6-5 on the year, seeing time in both the second and third doubles spots.
TRACKING THE BLAZERS:
Valdosta State defeated Delta State and North Alabama to advance to the GSC Championship game. The Blazers were forced to settle for second, falling to No. 1 West Florida by a score of 5-1 in the finals.
Leo Blay highlights the Valdosta State lineup. The junior is 12-3 on the year, including two wins against nationally ranked opponents. The Nice, France antive has played exclusively out of the first position, and has climbed to No. 10 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's national singles rankings. Joining Blay in the rankings is Jordi Mas, coming in at No. 41. The sophomore from Spain has seen playing time at the first, second, third, and fourth positions for the Blazers, compiling an overall record of 15-4.
Axel Holm and Eden Peleg have seen all of the first position doubles action, going 10-9 on the year, and defeating one nationally ranked foe. Mas and Fernando Rivas has earned a 9-1 mark in the second position, and a 7-2 record in the third spot, for an overall record of 16-3 on the year.
The winner of the matchup between the Tars and the Blazers will advance to the South Region II Final where they will take on the winner of the first semifinal between second-seeded Barry and seventh-seeded North Alabama. The South Region II Final is scheduled for noon on Sunday, April 30.